Virgin Australia launches business class service to the Gold Coast

Virgin Australia launches business class service to the Gold Coast

Due to its ideal vacation climate and stretches of sandy beaches, the Gold Coast, Australia is a popular destination for travelers of all types. As a result, Virgin Australia has introduced a new option for individuals who wish to purchase business class tickets to the city by the sea, the International Business Times reports.

At a recent media conference, John Borghetti, the chief executive and managing director for Virgin Australia, announced that the carrier will be the first domestic airline to offer business class service to the Gold Coast in over seven years, according to the news source. This will also make Virgin the only provider of premium flights to this tourist spot.

"The Gold Coast is an important city in the Virgin Australia network," Borghetti said, as quoted by the news outlet. "We carry almost one million corporate and leisure guests each year."

In addition to this new domestic service, travelers who have an interest in purchasing business class airfares will also be able to take advantage of a new luxury lounge, according to the news source. This space for premium Virgin Australia passengers is set to open in early 2012 at the Gold Coast Airport.

"With the introduction of Business Class services by the last quarter of 2011 and the opening of our new lounge in early 2012, Virgin Australia is proudly responding to the tourism and the business sectors of the Gold Coast and Southeast Queensland region," Borghetti said, as quoted by the news source.

These are not the only changes to Virgin Australia's business class that the airline is rolling out. The news outlet also reports that the carrier is outfitting its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft with the premium cabins throughout the remainder of the year. These changes will see to it that individuals who hold business class fares for a flight aboard one of these planes will sit in luxury leather seats and enjoy other services that come with the purchase of these tickets.

While travelers wait for Virgin Australia to complete its installation of business class seats on its domestic flights, they can still purchase airfares for international routes. Among the services that are available in this cabin include mood lighting that changes throughout the journey, fully horizontal flat bed seats and in-flight dining from the kitchen of Luke Mangan, an Australian celebrity chef, according to the airline's website.

By Mary D'Angelo

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